About Our Firm
Think and Ink Grants™ helps organizations research and write foundation and government grants benefitting
women, children, health, and education.
Our Seven Corporate Values
We put our clients first- we work with you where you are and help you advance to where you want to be.
We value and celebrate diversity in all forms through our clients, contractors, employees, and suppliers.
We believe in the value of human connections: being connected with each other, our clients, our friends, and families, and our communities not only makes us better human beings but better employees.
We believe in performing at a level of utmost excellence, for ourselves and for our clients.
We believe in depositing good into the world and advancing philanthropy over personal gain.
We are committed to ethical decision making and uphold codes of ethics as outlined by organizations that we are members of the Grant Professionals Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
We invest and are committed to improving our communities by volunteering our time, energy, and talents.
How We Work
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We uphold the professional standards and ethics set forth by the Grant Professionals Association and many of us are active members. Learn more about the Grant Professionals Association and our commitment to upholding professional standards here.
Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC
Founder and CEO
Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC is Founder and CEO of Think and Ink Grant Consulting ™. She served as a nonprofit leader and co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org in 2014. Shavonn worked as a Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager for Bank of America Foundation, where she helped distribute $1.3 million in grants and sponsorships to Atlanta nonprofits each year. Now she gets grants for her clients at Think and Ink Grant Consulting and has successfully leveraged over $25 million in funding.
Shavonn serves on the Board of Directors for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and is a Forbes.com contributor. She works to advance the next generation of grant writing professionals by serving as Board Liaison for the GPA Mentoring Committee. Her volunteer work includes serving as Chair of the Southern Regional Grant Conference Social Media Committee and the Corporate Giving/Sponsorships and Grants Chair for the Junior League of Atlanta. She frequently speaks and trains grant professionals and nonprofit leaders across the country.
In 2015, Shavonn's work was recognized by President Barack H. Obama and received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2017, she was recognized as an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Fellow.
Shavonn earned an M.B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and B.B.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC. Shavonn is one of less than 400 grant professionals nationwide to earn the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential. She is also a GPA Approved Trainer.
In her spare time, Shavonn enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and dog Lynx.
Natalie Alfaro Frazier
Associate Grant Writer and Consultant
Natalie has always been passionate about social change. From a young age, this manifested as a keen perception of injustice and unfairness and confidence to question the status quo. She was lucky to have mentors and adults in her life hone these “leadership qualities” into something productive. This passion for the public sector was further refined after completing a Bachelors degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University where she realized she was enthralled by the nonprofit sector and its role in civil society. She went on to receive a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Community Development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
During her graduate program, she had the opportunity to lead consulting projects and organizational development projects in the United States, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Natalie has 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector volunteering, interning, and working in various nonprofit fields. In addition to grant writing, Natalie also has a background in organizational development, program development, project management, workshop facilitation, adult learning curriculum development, and participatory action research and similar evaluation methodologies.
Angelica is an administrative professional, breaking the foundation into the grant writing world. Her internship with Think and Ink Grants just began this fall, which she looks forward to the experience and expertise of fellow grant consultants. She has a passion for giving back to the community, as she volunteers for the Arthritis Foundation and the American Red Cross.
She received her bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Currently furthering her education in the Nutrition and Public Health field.
Angelica is a native of Colorado, who loves spending time with her family and traveling to new places.
Kamaria is a social worker and creative writer who earned an MSW and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of Georgia and a B.A. in English/English Education from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is excited to be a part of the Think and Ink Grants team as a Grant Writing intern, gaining hands-on experience in non-profit consulting and grants management. Kamaria enjoys working with non-profits that focus on education, youth empowerment, families, and women's wellness. She also values self-care, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and going to concerts.
Michelle Dykes-Anderson, Ed.D., CFRE, has over 21 years of experience in higher education and with nonprofits and has garnered over $20 Million in grant funding. For 13 years, she wrote grant proposals and managed federal grant projects. In 2017, she transitioned to lead the development office of a community college, where she also served as executive director for the college’s affiliated foundation. In those roles, she increased grant revenue by more than 1900% and gift revenue by over 74% in three years. In 2021, Michelle started an independent grant consultant business to assist nonprofits in meeting their fundraising goals. Her experience includes fundraising, grant writing, grant management, program evaluation, event planning, communications, prospect research, program development, capacity-building, and nonprofit compliance.
Michelle received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2020 and the Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education in 2021. She completed a doctorate in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky in 2011, a Master’s of Education in Exceptional Education in 2006 from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgetown College in 1998.
Michelle is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), serving on the awards committee and as secretary of the KY Chapter. Through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), she recently served on the Federal Funding Task Force. Michelle lives in Harlan, Kentucky with her husband and son.
Sara Holifield is an experienced nonprofit professional specializing in grant writing, event coordination, and project management. She has worked in organizations dedicated to youth empowerment, victim services, and healthcare access, including the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
A native of the Midwest, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa before receiving a certificate in event planning from Belmont University. She is passionate about helping organizations achieve their goals while staying on budget. In her spare time, Sara writes fiction from her home in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and one ungrateful cat.
Dana (she/her) has spent her career supporting nonprofits at the programmatic and development level. As a grants professional, she has written winning proposals, letters of inquiry, and follow-up reports for private, state, and federal grants totaling over $63,000,000. In 2017, Dana started an independent grant consultant business to assist 510(c)(3) nonprofits with the entire grants lifecycle including research, writing, and post-award management. As a grants manager, she cultivates funder relationships, streamlines processes, and pursues new funding (including a $15,000,000 expansion for FY20-21 - the largest expansion in the organization’s 40-year history).
Dana serves as treasurer for the Grant Professional Association Greater Bay Area chapter to support local grant professionals. As a member of the Young Professionals Committee Silicon Valley chapter, Dana supports Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in innovative ways to engage new and existing donors. Notably, she helped develop and launch the monthly giving program, Young Philanthropists.
Dana is a proud Hayward native in the San Francisco Bay Area and completed her BA in Global Studies and minor in Labor Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was one of nine students in her graduating class to receive the highest academic honor granted by the College of Letters & Sciences.
Dr. Jerome Schiele
Jerome H. Schiele is a Professor and Chair of the PhD Department in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University. A native of Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Schiele received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton University in 1983, and attained both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Dr. Schiele has 30 years of higher education experience and has served in both faculty and administrative positions. Before arriving at Morgan State University, he was Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. He also has taught and served in administrative roles at Norfolk State University, Clark Atlanta University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also previously served as Professor and inaugural Director of the PhD program in social work at Morgan State University.
Dr. Schiele’s research focuses on social policy analysis, racial oppression, and cultural diversity/competence. He has published numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, which appear in major academic periodicals and publications. Dr. Schiele also is author of the book, Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm (The Haworth Press, 2000—now Routledge Press), editor of the book, Social Welfare Policy: Regulation and Resistance among People of Color (Sage Publications, 2011; Cognella Press, 2nd. Ed., 2020), and co-author with Phyllis Day of the book, A New History of Social Welfare, 7th edition (Pearson Publishers, 2013).
Articulate, organized, and persuasive grant writer with more than six years of experience in assisting non-profit organizations and government agencies identify, apply for, and receive significant external funding from foundations and other sources. Accustomed to researching and analyzing strategic, and operational issues to convert them into actionable fundraising opportunities that align with broader organizational objectives. Known for clear, factual, and supportable proposals that maximize the chances of obtaining funding. Exceptional interpersonal, communications and collaborative liaison skills.
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